Relaxation

Relaxation

 

Relaxation

 

Relaxation is the next ingredient in our healthy, happy life recipe.

Our bodies respond to stress in predictable ways – the fight or flight response. When the stress is gone the body automatically returns to a balanced, resting state. However for some people who experience prolonged stress, the body does not fully return to this balanced state. Instead, the fight or flight response continues to work “overtime” which can result in negative consequences to their health.

Relaxation helps to quieten the body’s response to stress. It can prevent some of the “wear and tear” that comes from prolonged fight-or-flight reactions. Unfortunately the relaxation response is not automatic. It’s a skill that needs to be learned and practiced.

Next time we’ll look at some of the ways we can go about this.

 

3 keys to manifesting

Is Your Mind Your Best friend?

 

Do you use your mind to increase your happiness?

You do know that is possible, right?

As the Buddha said:

“Our whole life is created by our mind.”

 

Is your mind your best friend?

Do you use your mind to create a wonderful future or do you get stuck in negative thinking, thereby creating a future of difficulty?

What do you dream about?

My video, today, is called

 

The 3 Keys to Manifesting the Life of Your Dreams

 

 

1.  What do you really WANT?

2.  Allow yourself to DREAM when in the Alpha state.

3.  Find your SWEET spot.

 

 

Smile. Laugh. Enjoy.

Smile. Laugh. Enjoy.

 

Smile. Laugh. Enjoy.

 

Let’s look at the next ingredient in our happy, healthy life recipe.

Laughter is a magical way of connecting with people – even total strangers. We all feel better after a good hearty laugh, which is why laughter is the best medicine. We adults don’t laugh very much. Do we take ourselves too seriously? Try this little experiment. For the next few days try to smile as often as you can. Make a smile the default position on your face. You don’t have to share it if you don’t want to but you may find it impossible not to. Let the smile spread and explode into a laugh if you want to. But smile just for the sheer joy of being alive. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy.

 

 

Meditation - It only works if we do

It only works if we do

 

Meditation Tip

 

Meditation - It only works if we do

 

Meditation helps us to create a happy, healthy and peaceful life that is good for ourselves and good for others. It calms and quietens our minds and helps us to be less reactive. But it only works if we do. In other words we have to put in the effort to start and then to establish a daily meditation practice. Once a week is better than nothing but it’s nowhere near enough if we want to truly master our minds. And of course it’s important to find the type of meditation that we’re comfortable with. My personal preference is Vipassana, however you might prefer a guided meditation, a mantra based practice or a visualisation practise.

So long as you’re consistent then the benefits will come. But there is one thing to beware of. Try not to crave after a particular type of outcome eg bliss, divine guidance, or anything else. You’re simply meditating and what comes is simply what comes.

 

 

Death touches us all at times

 

Death Touches Us All At Times

My mother is dying.

She had a fall 6 weeks ago and her hip has been repaired. She is in a rehabilitation hospital and moves to a nursing home today.

The doctors and nurses seem to believe that it is only a matter of time and her weak heart will give way. She is 93.

So I have been in a process of grieving. Grief is one of the harder emotions and it comes and goes in waves. Sometimes swamping us with sadness.

I have been fortunate to have my BodyTalkTM therapist help me through some tough times and this has helped me to stay more balanced mentally.
This I believe is the key to living a happy life – the understanding and experience of what mental balance actually is and being able to bring the thoughts back into balance, whilst the deep sadness and grief are still present. It is very important to actually feel the feelings and to understand what they represent for you.

Learning about the mind and mental balance is a lifelong process. Understanding our emotions is too. There is no shortcut.

Observation is a key. Notice what your thoughts are and if they are truly correct. Pay attention to how you feel. What is this emotion telling you? Notice how you cope with overwhelming emotion. Food, alcohol, coffee, sex, activity, … Addictions can develop when we are unable to process and release emotions.

My three top activities to bring about greater mental balance and inner peace and harmony are:

Observation
Journaling and
Meditation

 

 

Meditate, laugh, relax

 

Meditation Tip

 

Meditate. Laugh. Relax.

It almost sounds like a recipe. And I guess in many ways it is.

When we know what we want to prepare we find the recipe that will help us to do so.

A recipe lists the ingredients we need to create the dish we want. It also gives us instructions on how to combine and to cook these ingredients.

We all want to be happy. We all want to be healthy. We all want to have warm, loving relationships.

So what are the ‘ingredients’ that we need to prepare these ‘dishes’?

Meditate. Laugh. Relax.

These are all important ingredients and over the next few posts we’ll look at why they are important and how we can use them to ‘cook up’ the life we want.